Bowl-a-Thon page of the week: Mary D., with the Ovary-chievers in Cleveland!
Congratulations to Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week WINNER Mary D., longtime volunteer clinic escort with Preterm Clinic in Cleveland, bowling with the Ovary-chievers team for the Preterm Access Fund!
"I have been a volunteer escort at Preterm for 4 years. I have witnessed the dedicated and compassionate staff that works there. People seeking help at Preterm already have so many obstacles to go through. Many of Preterm's clients come from out of state. I have spoken to people from Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Indiana, and West Virginia."
Ultimately, it comes down to this:
"I'm bowling for abortion access because I believe that bodily autonomy is a human right. I believe that a person cannot truly be free if they cannot decide, of their own free will, if and when they want to be pregnant."
Mary D. is a reproductive justice activist who takes to Twitter on a daily basis to share her experiences and to raise money for the Preterm Access Fund, pointing out how gross racial disparities in healthcare lead to higher rates of abortion in communities of color and how bans on abortion funding hurt the must vulnerable.
Ohio, where Mary D. is raising funds with her Ovary-chievers teammates, hasn't been quite the focal point of attention that Texas has this year, but people there are facing the same challenges: due to new abortion restrictions passed last summer, clinics are closing, forcing people to leave the state for an abortion, and bans on insurance coverage of abortion mean an abortion fund like the Preterm Access Fund is often the last hope for many.